Italian Saffioni Abruzzesi Recipe

Italian Saffioni Abruzzesi Recipe
When I ran across a recipe for Italian Saffioni Abruzzesi on Pinterest, I had to try them because they looked so good. Saffioni Abruzzesi, pastries popular in Italy, are a cross between a tart and a cupcake filled with lemony ricotta cheese. Apparently it is traditional to serve them around Easter time, but after tasting them, I think they should be served year round; they are fabulous, and unique. While the recipe is easy, there are several steps that make these a bit time consuming to assemble. However, they came together for me in about 30 minutes and I found are worth every minute spent in the kitchen.
The tops of these yummy pastries are a bit irregular, so don’t expect your treats to come out perfectly beautiful. No one will care, and they will be devoured immediately. They are perfect for brunch, as well as snacks.

12 Cakes

2 2/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons water, as needed

4 eggs, separated
2 cups ricotta cheese
10 tablespoons granulated sugar, (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice

powdered sugar, for dusting

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray 12 muffin cups liberally with non-stick spray.
  3. Crust: Measure the flour, salt, and granulated sugar into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 2 or 3 times to combine.
  4. Add the eggs and olive oil and process until it looks like cornmeal.
  5. With the motor running, gradually add enough water to bring the dough together.
  6. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead into a ball; divide the ball into six equal portions and roll each into a ball.
  7. If the dough is too soft to roll out, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. Roll each of the balls into a circle about 6" in diameter and fit each into the prepared muffin cups.
  8. Filling: Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and the egg whites in a separate bowl; beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Add the ricotta to the egg yolks, 10 tablespoons granulated sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice to the egg yolks; stir until fairly smooth (there may be a few puffs of egg white and this is as it should be).
  9. Assembly: scoop about 1/3 cup filling into each of the crust-lined muffin cups; fold the dough loosely over the filling.
  10. Bake 30 -35 minutes or until they are golden and the filling is set.
  11. Remove from the oven, tilt the pastries so they can cool, place the pan on a cooling racks, and cool thoroughly.
  12. When cool, remove from the muffin cups and dust with powdered sugar.

  13. Amount Per Serving
    Calories 323 Calories from Fat 119
    Percent Total Calories From: Fat 37% Protein 13% Carb. 50%

    Nutrient Amount per Serving
    Total Fat 13 g
    Saturated Fat 5 g
    Cholesterol 127 mg
    Sodium 164 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 40 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Sugars 0 g
    Protein 11 g

    Vitamin A 7% Vitamin C 5% Calcium 0% Iron 5%

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